Hockey News picks Jets to finish 14th

- August 9th, 2012

The early-season predictions from The Hockey News came out earlier this week and much to the chagrin of many Winnipeg Jets fans, the publication has chosen the new-and-improved Jets to finish 14th (or second last) in the NHLs Eastern Conference standings.

That’s one spot ahead of the New York Islanders and one behind the Montreal Canadiens, in case you were wondering.

Our initial reaction was a simple shoulder shrug, since it is August after all and most NHL clubs will be making some notable adjustments to their collective rosters even before training camps begin.

There are trades to be made and free agents to be signed, including Jets restricted free agent Evander Kane (nothing new to report on that subject at this time, though I see no cause for concern).

Our second thought was that given the potential labour issues — a subject for another day, but comments from Commissioner Gary Bettman that the NHL will lock out its players if a new agreement hasn’t been reached by Sept. 15 should not be classified as surprising — it’s of little use to debate the merits of the predictions themselves at this point and time.

However, if you care to weigh in with your opinion, feel free. And don’t forget to tell us why you feel the Jets will be better (or worse).

From where we sit, the Jets appear to have improved their roster with some nice off-season additions but the games aren’t played on paper and most — if not all — the other teams in the Southeast Division have gotten better as well.

We’re choosing to reserve judgement until after training camp at least opens, but won’t be surprised to see the Jets battle for a playoff spot again next spring — once the season gets going of course.

However, it’s far from a lock that they’ll earn an invite to Stanley Cup’s post-season party.

Ultimately, that’s what off-season debates are all about.

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2 comments

  1. leamanster says:

    The Jets overachieved last year because of the fans. This year will be different, more pressure to win on what is still a relatively young team, no playoff experience and having what was once a terrible line for the maple leafs in wellwood, poni and antropov makes me want to cry. It will still be exciting to watch. hopefully pavelec can stand on his head even more this year.

  2. HydroDebt50Billionby2020 says:

    HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE ?

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